Purdue Pharma nears settlement with states, cities over alleged role in opioid epidemic

Purdue Pharma nears settlement with states, cities over alleged role in opioid epidemic

Purdue Pharma reached a tentative settlement with state and local governments in a lawsuit over its alleged role in the opioid epidemic.

Lawyers representing the thousands of cities and counties in a federal lawsuit against Purdue recommended Wednesday that the multibillion-dollar settlement be accepted.

“We believe that this settlement would bring desperately needed recovery resources into local communities that, for years, have been forced to shoulder the devastating consequences and financial burden of the opioid epidemic,” the attorneys said in a statement.

Purdue Pharma has been a top target of blame in the opioid epidemic, with governments arguing the company knew OxyContin was highly addictive and profited off of it.

Thousands of local governments sued Purdue Pharma, and other drugmakers and distributors, for their role in the opioid epidemic. Those lawsuits were consolidated into one case to be heard by a federal judge in Ohio in October.

What’s next: 22 states have tentatively agreed to the settlement. The other half aren’t on board and vow to continue going after Purdue and the Sacklers.

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